[ spur-mey-shee-uhm ]
/ spɜrˈmeɪ ʃi əm /
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noun, plural sper·ma·ti·a [spur-mey-shee-uh]. /spɜrˈmeɪ ʃi ə/.
Botany. the nonmotile male gamete of a red alga.
Mycology. a minute, colorless cell, of certain fungi and lichens, believed to be a male reproductive body, developed within spermogonia.
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British Dictionary definitions for spermatium
/ (spɜːˈmeɪtɪəm) /
noun plural -tia (-tɪə)
a nonmotile male reproductive cell in red algae and some fungi
Word Origin for spermatium
C19: New Latin, from Greek spermation a little seed; see sperm 1
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Scientific definitions for spermatium
[ spər-mā′shē-əm ]
A nonmotile cell in red algae and certain ascomycete fungi that functions as a male gamete.
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